Welcome to “Wellness Wednesday, 03.2018”. These monthly link-ups created by my friend Natalie at Natalie the Explorer are coming so fast. Was so hopeful back in January when I made my list of wellness goals for the year. But two weeks after the first wellness post, I broke my foot. And my wellness journey took a new direction. My focus shifted from running 5Ks, spending more time at the gym lifting weights, walking a minimum 7,000 steps and climbing 3 stories every day. Now I’d have to concentrate on moving as little as possible for 3 weeks, until the doctor released me to begin doing a little more.
I had my 4th sports medicine appointment on Monday (don’t I sound like an athlete having a sports med doctor?). Apparently, I’ve been doing too much because while my foot is healing, it was more bruised and swollen again. Will I ever get to wear those new OTK boots? (Actually, the doctor and his intern suggested they might be the shoes to wear once I can wear two shoes again!!)
All of this to say, my wellness train has been derailed by a broken bone at the base of my left pinkie toe. So, there’s not much to report for today’s wellness goals update. Just for kicks, let’s have a look.
Wellness Goals Update
Rather than going through each activity within each category and evaluating my progress (or lack of), I think I will just rate my success progress for each category on a scale of 1-5. One being no progress and five (probably won’t be many of those) for good headway despite my foot.
Exercise – 2
Does breathing count? Actually, I had begun going back to the gym, riding the stationary bike, walking on the treadmill even using the eliptical machine. Lifting weight and doing crunches. But after my appointment this week, I am taking it easy again. Just hoping I will get my 7,000 steps and 3 stories or floors everyday.
Diet – 4
I have done fairly well on all of these activities. Really have cut back on my adult beverages. Continuing to cook and drink my water. Preparing Weight Watcher friendly meals. Limiting sweets. Except P’s birthday apple pie, which was so good. Enjoyed with warm with vanilla ice cream on his birthday, and the Thursday and Friday after.
Staying Well – 2
Let’s just say I am applying sunscreen everyday.
Mental Wellness – 2
My ‘mental’ hasn’t been too ‘well’. Nor have I been very peaceful. Have worked no puzzles and have written very little.
Spiritual Wellness – 2
I know, in my right mind, that doing my devotionals and my Miracle Morning routine help me so much. But this month, I haven’t been in a good place. Haven’t been able to keep a schedule. Thought the reason behind my broken foot was to cause me to slow down and cultivate peace in my life. However, I haven’t felt very peaceful. My children are both experiencing some big stressors in their lives. So mama is stressed, too.
Relationship Wellness – 3
I was doing really well at unplugging by 9:00 pm but have done a little backsliding lately. Been hard to spice up the love life lately…will leave it at that. But PC and I do enjoy doing fun activities together every week.
Room for lots of improvement.
Fav Exercise Gadget
Lately, my remote! How sad. But all seriousness aside, on better days, my Samsung Gear Fit 2 is my fav exercise gadget. My Gear was a gift from my daughters and I love it. Wore a Fitbit faithfully for at least a year before graduating to the Gear. And I wear it every single day. Here’s what I like best about this exercise gadget.
- Keeps track of my steps
- Calculates floors climbed
- Allows for tracking water intake
- Measures pulse and allows me to indicate the conditions (resting, exercising) under which the pulse was taken
- Calculates calories burned
- Enables me to track other activities
- Reminds me to get moving when I’ve been sedentary too long
- Connects to my phone for phone calls, text messages, Instagram posts, FB messages
- Works as a watch
- Has a number of free watch faces in different colors and designs
- It really, truly makes me move more
The Gear is a wonderful gadget. Here are some photos of my Gear faces and screens. No need to clean your glasses or rub your eyes, these photos are just blurry. Sorry.
But don’t just take my word for it, check out this review. And bonus…according to the Journal of Health Psychology, 12.08.2014, technology enhancements like the Gear and Fitbit have a strong potential to promote adoption and maintenance of aerobic activity in midlife women. Which supports just what I said. It really, truly makes me move more!
How are you doing on those New Year’s resolutions and wellness goals? Do you have a particular success you could share to encourage me? A favorite exercise gadget? Please share in a comment below. And if you are a blogger with a wellness post to share, click below to link-up with us. And show some of my blogger buddies some love by stopping by to read their “Wellness Wednesday, 03.2018” posts.
Then keep your fingers crossed that this time next month, 04.11, I will be back on track. Grab your planner and pencil that date in, and all of the other “Wellness Wednesdays”, for that matter.
Adios, “Wellness Wednesday, 03.2018”. To better days over the next 30 days. Salud!
Hugs and kisses,